Non-Student Applications

We aim to programme seasons that are diverse, entertaining and exciting.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Photo by Paul Ashley)

We want to provide a range of opportunities as well as host the highest quality non-professional work in Cambridge and the local area.

We welcome applications from all, regardless of experience; however, we are committed to prioritising amateur works by local community groups.

We do not commission productions in-house and are led by the applications we receive.

Non-Student Application Form



We programme Autumn, Spring and Summer Seasons. The seasons are ten to twelve weeks long and are based around University of Cambridge terms. During student term time we only commission Cambridge student productions. More information about the student application process can be found here.


We accept non-student applications throughout the year and programme shows during fixed application windows, typically no more than one year in advance.

Applications for shows at the Corpus Playroom in the following weeks are currently being reviewed on a rolling basis:

  • w/b Sunday 24 March 2024
  • w/b Sunday 07 April 2024
  • w/b Sunday 21 April 2024
  • w/b Sunday 26 May 2024
  • w/b Sunday 02 June 2024

Summer 2024

Applications for shows in Summer 2024 will be reviewed from August 2023.

Available weeks for programming at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom include:

  • w/b Sunday 30 June 2024 (ADC Theatre only)
  • w/b Sunday 07 July 2024 (Corpus Playroom only)
  • w/b Sunday 14 July 2024
  • w/b Sunday 21 July 2024

Autumn 2024

Applications for shows in Autumn 2024 will be reviewed from September 2023.

Available weeks for programming at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom include:

  • w/b Sunday 08 September 2024
  • w/b Sunday 15 September 2024
  • w/b Sunday 22 September 2024
  • w/b Sunday 29 September 2024

Winter 2024/25

Applications for shows in Winter 2024/25 will be reviewed from February 2024.

Available weeks for programming at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom include:

  • w/b Sunday 08 December 2024
  • w/b Sunday 15 December 2024
  • w/b Sunday 05 January 2025
  • w/b Sunday 12 January 2025

Spring 2025

Applications for shows in Spring 2025 will be reviewed from April 2024.

Available weeks for programming at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom include:

  • w/b Sunday 23 March 2025 (Corpus Playroom only)
  • w/b Sunday 30 March 2025
  • w/b Sunday 06 April 2025
  • w/b Sunday 13 April 2025
  • w/b Sunday 27 April 2025

Summer 2025

Applications for shows in Summer 2025 will be reviewed from July 2024.

Available weeks for programming at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom include:

  • w/b Sunday 01 June 2025 (Corpus Playroom only)
  • w/b Sunday 08 June 2025 (Corpus Playroom only)
  • w/b Sunday 06 July 2025
  • w/b Sunday 13 July 2025
  • w/b Sunday 20 July 2025
  • w/b Sunday 27 July 2025


The ADC Theatre auditorium has a capacity of 228 and usually hosts two shows a night during University Term, at 7.45pm and 11.00pm. Outside of University Term we typically only programme one performance per evening at 7.45pm, with some productions opting to add a 2.30pm matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon. The Larkum Studio (capacity 40) and ADC Bar (capacity 50) can also be used for performances. We also programme shows at the Corpus Playroom (capacity 80).

Hire Arrangements

We typically programme productions in one-week slots at each of our venues, offering the Sunday to Tuesday for the get-in and technical/dress rehearsals, performances Tuesday through Saturday evening, and a get-out on the Saturday night following the performance. We are often unable to accommodate single day hires although our programming is always based upon the applications we receive.

All of our hires operate on a dry-hire basis and community groups or production companies are expected to provide their own competent technical team who can be trained on in-house safety procedures if necessary. For amateur productions, The Penguin Club offer the opportunity for technical vacancies to be advertised to local community volunteers. You can enquire via their website here.

Both venues are well-equipped with sound and lighting equipment as well as some stock furniture and set pieces. We do not have an on-site costume or prop facility. You can review each venue's technical specification here.

Our Hires are expected to comply with our Health and Safety Policy. More information about the production process can be found in our Production Handbook here.

Hire Charges

Our venues are normally hired on a box office split, with an additional box office commission. Our current venue hire charge is 37% of gross ticket sales, and our box office commission charge is 9% of gross ticket sales. Both figures are subject to VAT.

Important Considerations

We are very unlikely to programme a show which has been on at the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom already in the last 5 years. Please check for information on when shows have last been put on. If you are concerned about whether a show has been recently performed, please email us.

Please note that applications for the following shows will not be accepted as the ADC has upcoming productions already programmed:

  • Beauty and the Beast (all adaptations)
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Made in Dagenham by Richard Bean, David Arnold and Richard Thomas
  • A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin
  • Hansard by Simon Woods
  • Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L Sayers and M. St. Claire Byrne

The rights-holders of most plays and musicals require you to purchase performing rights before a production can be staged. Most rights for shows are held by the following three companies:

If you are looking at a show that is not held by one of these rightsholders, then you must check elsewhere whether amateur performance rights are available. If you are unsure whether the rights to your show are available, or if you have any questions, please get in touch here.

Please note that many rights agreements do not permit changes to be made to the show's script, period, setting, or characters (including their gender). If you wish to change these aspects within your production you will need to get in touch with the rightsholders in advance to see if this is possible. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Theatre Manager.


On the application form you will be asked to answer a number of questions pertaining to the marketing and web listing of your show were it to be programmed, including a marketing blurb, image, content notices and age suitability. When determining an age recommendation for your show, you should consider the following matrix:

Does your show contain?

All Ages
  • Infrequent mild, bad language;
  • Mild sexual behaviour (e.g. kissing);
  • Brief unsettling sequences;
  • Mild violence (depending on context).
  • Potentially dangerous behaviour;
  • Mild discriminatory language or behaviour (provided such language or behaviour is disapproved of);
  • Mild references to drug use/misuse;
  • Mild, bad language;
  • Non-sexual, partial nudity;
  • Mild sexual references or innuendo;
  • Infrequent and discreet implications of sexual activity;
  • Brief moments of threat or horror;
  • Non-detailed moderate violence justified by historical/comedic context.
  • Infrequent drug misuse;
  • Moderate bad language;
  • Brief nudity;
  • Moderate sexual references;
  • Moderate threat and/or horror;
  • Moderate violence.
  • Depiction of dangerous behaviour;
  • Discriminatory language or behaviour;
  • Drug or dangerous substance misuse;
  • Very strong language;
  • Non-sexual nudity;
  • References to sexual activity;
  • Masked depictions of moderate sexual activity;
  • Non-graphic or veiled depiction of sexual violence or threat;
  • Threat and/or horror;
  • Strong violence.
  • Frequent/extensive very strong language;
  • Detailed portrayal of violence, dangerous behaviour or illegal/immoral activity, especially when such behaviour is portrayed as pleasurable/sadistic;
  • Endorsement of discrimination;
  • Graphic depicted sexual activity or sexual nudity;
  • Graphic depiction of sexual violence or threat;
  • A performance which may encourage or motivate the consumption of alcohol by audience members (e.g. late-night comedy).

For clarification on any of the above, please speak to the Production Manager.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Please note that we are unlikely to programme shows which have already been staged at the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom in the last five years. You can view a full history of shows across our venues on Camdram.